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Add Image to Favorite List 2017-08-07 Sol (our sun) SDO
Atmosphere Imaging Assembly
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NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory observed a large sunspot (called AR2665) that rotated out of view about two weeks ago has returned on Aug. 1-2, 2017.
PIA21873:
Old Sunspot Returns Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2017-08-14 Sol (our sun) SDO
Atmosphere Imaging Assembly
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NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory observed a substantial coronal hole rotated into a position where it is facing Earth on Aug. 9-11, 2017.
PIA21874:
Coronal Hole Faces Earth Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2017-08-23 Sol (our sun) SDO
Atmosphere Imaging Assembly
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NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory observed a partial eclipse that at its peak covered only about 14 per cent of the sun on Aug. 21, 2017.
PIA21929:
SDO Saw Only a Partial Eclipse Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2017-09-02 Sol (our sun) SDO
Atmosphere Imaging Assembly
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NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory observed a large coronal hole has been spewing solar wind particles in the general direction of Earth over the past few days (Aug. 31- Sept. 1, 2017).
PIA21942:
Extensive Coronal Hole Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2017-09-11 Sol (our sun) SDO
Atmosphere Imaging Assembly
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NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory observed a large sunspot, source of a powerful solar flare (an X 9.3) and a coronal mass ejection (Sept. 6, 2017). The flare was the largest solar flare of the last decade.
PIA21949:
Major Solar Flare Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2017-09-18 Sol (our sun) SDO
Atmosphere Imaging Assembly
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On Sept. 10, 2017, NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory, observed the Sun erupting with an X8 solar flare, one of the largest of the current solar cycle.
PIA21958:
Major Solar Flare Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2017-10-04 Sol (our sun) SDO
Atmosphere Imaging Assembly
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NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory, observed three distinct active regions with towering arches above them rotated into view over a three-day period (Sept. 24-26, 2017). To give some sense of scale, the largest arches rose up many times the size of Earth.
PIA22038:
Trio of Tempests Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2017-10-09 Sol (our sun) SDO
Atmosphere Imaging Assembly
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NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory observed a pair of active regions (the brighter areas) move and change as they rotate with the sun over just a 17-hour period (Oct. 4-5, 2017).
PIA22039:
Dynamic Duo Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2017-10-16 Sol (our sun) SDO
Atmosphere Imaging Assembly
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NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory observed a dark structure, shaped kind of like the Pi symbol, spreading across much of the top of the sun this week (Oct. 12-13, 2017).
PIA22047:
Sprawling Coronal Hole
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Add Image to Favorite List 2017-10-23 Sol (our sun) SDO
Atmosphere Imaging Assembly
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NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory observed a small eruption on Oct. 18, 2017. The source of the blast was just out of sight beyond the edge of the sun.
PIA22050:
Quick Solar Outburst Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2017-10-31 Sol (our sun) SDO
Atmosphere Imaging Assembly
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NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory captured these images showing the sun from its surface to its upper atmosphere in order of temperature, all taken at about the same time on Oct. 27, 2017.
PIA22055:
From Hot to Hottest Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2017-11-08 Sol (our sun) SDO
Atmosphere Imaging Assembly
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NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory came across an oddity this week that the spacecraft has rarely observed before: a dark filament encircling an active region on Oct. 29-31, 2017.
PIA22104:
Rare Encircling Filament Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2017-11-16 Sol (our sun) SDO
Atmosphere Imaging Assembly
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This image from NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory shows a broad coronal hole, the dominant feature this week on the sun on Nov. 7-9, 2017. It was easily recognizable as the dark expanse across the top of the sun and extending down in each side.
PIA22113:
Coronal Hole All Spread Out Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2017-11-28 Sol (our sun) SDO
Atmosphere Imaging Assembly
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This image from NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory shows a developing filament near the edge of the sun churned and twisted as the rotating sun brought it into clearer view over a day on Nov. 16-17, 2017.
PIA22120:
Churning Filament Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2017-12-11 Sol (our sun) SDO
Atmosphere Imaging Assembly
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This image from NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory shows a prominence at the sun's edge shifted and slithered back and forth over a one-day period on Nov. 29-30, 2017.
PIA22123:
Slithering Prominence Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2017-12-15 Sol (our sun) SDO
Atmosphere Imaging Assembly
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NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory observed a small prominence, slowly rising further up above the sun, then fell apart and back into the sun over about seven hours (Dec. 6, 2017).
PIA22195:
Prominence Falls Apart Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2017-12-18 Sol (our sun) SDO
Atmosphere Imaging Assembly
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A small prominence observed in profile arched up and sent streams of plasma curling back into the sun over a 30-hour period on Dec. 13-14, 2017 by NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory.
PIA22196:
Curling Prominence Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2017-12-29 Sol (our sun) SDO
Atmosphere Imaging Assembly
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NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory observed an elongated coronal hole (the darker area near the center) seeming to shape itself into a single, recognizable question mark over the period of one day (Dec. 21-22, 2017).
PIA22197:
The Sun Forms a Question Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2018-01-12 Sol (our sun) SDO
Atmosphere Imaging Assembly
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NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory observed a small prominence rose up above the sun, appeared to twist around for several hours, and then began to send some streams of plasma back into the sun (Jan. 3-4, 2018).
PIA22198:
Small Twisting Prominence Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2018-01-18 Sol (our sun) SDO
Atmosphere Imaging Assembly
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NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory observed a prominence rising up above the sun, sending an arch of plasma to link up magnetically with an active region over a one-day period (Jan, 9-10, 2017).
PIA22199:
Reversing Prominence Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2018-01-31 Sol (our sun) SDO
Atmosphere Imaging Assembly
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NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory observed a small coronal mass ejection that was also associated with a small flare on Jan. 22, 2018.
PIA22184:
Small Flare and a Coronal Mass Ejection Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2018-02-07 Sol (our sun) SDO
Atmosphere Imaging Assembly
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NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory observed no sunspots for almost two weeks (as of Feb. 1, 2018) and just has a single, tiny one that appeared on Jan. 31, 2018.
PIA22242:
Spotless Days Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2018-02-15 Sol (our sun) SDO
Atmosphere Imaging Assembly
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NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory observed the sun's only visible active region as it sputtered and spurted and eventually unleashed a small (C-class) flare on Feb. 7, 2018.
PIA22244:
One Small Flare Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2018-02-16 Sol (our sun) SDO
Atmosphere Imaging Assembly
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On the 8th anniversary of its launch in 2010, NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory captured a total solar eclipse on Feb. 11, 2018 when Earth crossed in front of the sun. It lasted just 31 minutes.
PIA22259:
SDO's Version of an Eclipse
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Add Image to Favorite List 2018-03-06 Sol (our sun) SDO
Atmosphere Imaging Assembly
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A relatively small active region erupted twice in 18 hours on Mar. 2, 2018, as observed by NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory. After each burst, one can see the magnetic fields lines, which appear as bright coils, spiraling around the region.
PIA22260:
Small Bursts
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Add Image to Favorite List 2018-03-19 Sol (our sun) SDO
Atmosphere Imaging Assembly
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Coronal holes are areas of open magnetic fields from which solar wind rushes out into space. NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory observed this long coronal hole that stretched out across more than half the diameter of the sun (Mar. 13-15, 2018).
PIA22345:
Elongated Coronal Hole Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2018-04-02 Sol (our sun) SDO
Atmosphere Imaging Assembly
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NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory ran together three sequences of the sun taken in three different extreme ultraviolet wavelengths to show how different features appearing in one sequence are difficult to see in the others (Mar. 20-21, 2018).
PIA22360:
Wavelength Comparisons Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2018-04-09 Sol (our sun) SDO
Atmosphere Imaging Assembly
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With no active regions currently on the face of the sun, NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory observed a bristling active region showing numerous arches of bright, magnetic field lines blossoming out and towering above it beginning to rotate into view.
PIA22411:
Wavelength Comparisons Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2018-04-20 Sol (our sun) SDO
Atmosphere Imaging Assembly
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The sun featured just one, rather small active region over the past few days, but it developed rapidly and sported a lot of magnetic activity in just one day (Apr. 11-12, 2018) as observed by NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory.
PIA06676:
Small but Dynamic Active Region Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2018-04-23 Sol (our sun) SDO
Atmosphere Imaging Assembly
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A good-sized active region with bright, towering arches began to rotate into NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory's view (Apr. 18-19, 2018).
PIA22430:
Active Region Coming Around the Bend Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2018-05-01 Sol (our sun) SDO
Atmosphere Imaging Assembly
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NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory observed a lone active region visible on the sun putting on a fine display with its tangled magnetic field lines swaying and twisting above it (Apr. 24-26, 2018) in a wavelength of extreme ultraviolet light.
PIA22449:
Tangled Up in Blue Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2018-05-08 Sol (our sun) SDO
Atmosphere Imaging Assembly
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NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory observed an extensive equatorial, dark coronal hole extending about halfway across the solar disk on May 2-4, 2018.
PIA00624:
Coronal Hole Facing Earth Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2018-05-15 Sol (our sun) SDO
Atmosphere Imaging Assembly
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On May 2-4, 2018, NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory observed an extensive equatorial coronal hole has rotated so that it is now facing Earth. The dark coronal hole extends about halfway across the solar disk.
PIA00577:
Coronal Hole Facing Earth Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2018-05-22 Sol (our sun) SDO
Atmosphere Imaging Assembly
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On May 16-18, 2018, NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory observed a good-sized coronal hole come around to where it is just about faced Earth. Coronal holes are areas of open magnetic field from which solar wind (charged particles) streams into space.
PIA00575:
Coronal Hole Rotating Towards Us Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2018-05-29 Sol (our sun) SDO
Atmosphere Imaging Assembly
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On May 23-25, 2018, NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory observed an active region that rotated into view and sputtered with numerous small flares and towering magnetic field lines that stretched out many times the diameter of Earth.
PIA22461:
New Active Region Sputtering with Small Flares Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2018-06-04 Sol (our sun) SDO
Atmosphere Imaging Assembly
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This close-up from a video clip taken May 30-June 1, 2018 by NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory shows a large active region in extreme ultraviolet light as the bright magnetic field lines above it shift and twist.
PIA22475:
Dynamic Looping Action Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2018-06-11 Sol (our sun) SDO
Atmosphere Imaging Assembly
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NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory observed giant, bright coronal loops trace out the magnetic field lines above an active region from June 4-6, 2018.
PIA22508:
Ballet of Loops Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2018-06-26 Sol (our sun) SDO
Atmosphere Imaging Assembly
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NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory observed a small prominence hovered above the sun's surface over a two-day period June 12-14, 2018, before breaking off into space.
PIA22537:
Evolving Prominence Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2018-07-05 Sol (our sun) SDO
Atmosphere Imaging Assembly
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NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory observed an active region on June 19th, quickly growing in size over two days June 20-22, 2018. Active regions are areas of enhanced magnetic activity on the Sun's surface, generating the huge loops and dynamic surges.
PIA22582:
Rambunctious Active Region Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2018-07-17 Sol (our sun) SDO
Atmosphere Imaging Assembly
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NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory observed this profile perspective of an active region revealed above it June 24-25, 2018. Charged particles spinning along these field lines are illuminated in this wavelength of extreme ultraviolet light.
PIA22589:
Festoons of Loops Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2018-07-31 Sol (our sun) SDO
Atmosphere Imaging Assembly
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Over a three-week period July 3-24, 2018, NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory observed the Sun produced just one small, short-lived sunspot -- an almost spotless record.
PIA22646:
An Almost Spotless Record Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2018-08-07 Sol (our sun) SDO
Atmosphere Imaging Assembly
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NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory observes two relatively small prominences above the Sun's surface twisted and streamed charged particles over a 20-hour period July 30-31, 2018.
PIA22661:
Twisting Prominences Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2018-08-14 Sol (our sun) SDO
Atmosphere Imaging Assembly
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NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory scientists use their computer models to generate a view of the sun's magnetic field. An extreme ultraviolet view of the sun is compared with the same image showing the superimposed field lines on August 10, 2018.
PIA22662:
Magnetic Field Portrayed Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2018-08-20 Sol (our sun) SDO
Atmosphere Imaging Assembly
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NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory shows a minor eruption of charged particles rising up and twisting about before falling back into the Sun in this close-up of the Sun from a two-hour period on Aug. 13, 2018.
PIA22673:
Twisting Outburst Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2018-09-03 Sol (our sun) SDO
Atmosphere Imaging Assembly
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NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory shows that over the course of just one day a tiny active region grew to became almost as large as its many-days-old neighbor (Aug. 23-24, 2018).
PIA22680:
New Active Region Grows Up Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2018-09-17 Sol (our sun) SDO
Atmosphere Imaging Assembly
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NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory shows that a large coronal hole began to emerge and intensify (Sept. 4-6, 2018).
PIA22722:
Emerging Coronal Hole Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2018-09-17 Sol (our sun) SDO
Atmosphere Imaging Assembly
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NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory shows that in just about seven hours, the SDO spacecraft saw the moon transit the Sun two times (Sept. 9-10, 2018).
PIA22723:
Double Lunar Transit Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2018-09-24 Sol (our sun) SDO
Atmosphere Imaging Assembly
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NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory shows two images taken at virtually the same time but in different wavelengths of extreme ultraviolet light.
PIA22724:
Two Wavelengths, Two Different Images Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2018-10-17 Sol (our sun) SDO
Atmosphere Imaging Assembly
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NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory shows the Sun's rotation bringing a new active region into view, revealing the dynamic arches and twisting streams of its magnetic field (Oct. 10-11, 2018).
PIA18139:
Sole Active Region in Profile Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2018-10-29 Sol (our sun) SDO
Atmosphere Imaging Assembly
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NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory shows that a solar prominence rose up above the Sun's surface, twisted and spun around, then became elongated and broke away. (Oct. 24-25, 2018).
PIA18140:
Eruptive Prominence Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2018-11-12 Sol (our sun) SDO
Atmosphere Imaging Assembly
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NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory shows a good-sized coronal hole at a slanted angle nearly centered on the face of the sun (Oct. 31 - Nov. 2, 2018).
PIA18141:
Central Coronal Hole Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2018-11-14 Sol (our sun) SDO
Atmosphere Imaging Assembly
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NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory shows a lunar transit, when the Moon partially blocked SDO's view of the Sun on Nov. 7, 2018.
PIA18142:
SDO Observes a Partial Lunar Eclipse Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2018-11-19 Sol (our sun) SDO
Atmosphere Imaging Assembly
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NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory shows two solar prominences, directly at opposite sides of the Sun, over a 26-hour period (Nov. 12-13, 2018).
PIA18143:
Opposing Solar Prominences Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2018-12-05 Sol (our sun) SDO
Atmosphere Imaging Assembly
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NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory shows a long-lasting coronal hole has again rotated around to face the Earth (Nov. 28-30, 2018).
PIA18144:
Reappearing Coronal Hole Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2018-12-11 Sol (our sun) SDO
Atmosphere Imaging Assembly
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NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory shows an active region that appeared on Dec. 5, 2018.
PIA21211:
Solar Active Region's Cameo Appearance Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2018-12-24 Sol (our sun) SDO
Atmosphere Imaging Assembly
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NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory showed four smallish prominences along the sun's edge at about the same time (Dec. 12-14, 2018).
PIA21212:
Small Prominences Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2019-02-19 Sol (our sun) SDO
Atmosphere Imaging Assembly
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NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory is in another eclipse season as of Feb. 6, 2019. This image shows the Earth briefly blocking SDO's view of the Sun.
PIA21213:
Spring 2019 Eclipse Season Arrives Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2019-03-04 Sol (our sun) SDO
Atmosphere Imaging Assembly
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NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory shows that the Sun has gone an entire month without any sunspots (Feb. 1-18, 2019).
PIA21218:
Spotless February Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2019-03-11 Sol (our sun) SDO
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NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory shows a long lunar transit on Mar. 6, 2019.
PIA21905:
Criss-Crossing Lunar Transit Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2009-04-14 Solar TErrestrial RElations Observatory (STEREO)
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Artist concept of NASA's STEREO-A Spacecraft Observing a very active Sun.
PIA18171:
NASA's STEREO-A Spacecraft Observing a very Active Sun (Artist's Concept) Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2021-01-05 SPHEREx
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This animation shows the preliminary design for the spacecraft, including hexagonal sun shields that will help keep the instruments cool.
PIA23869:
SPHEREx Preliminary Design (Illustration)
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Add Image to Favorite List 2004-12-09 Spitzer Space Telescope
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Artist's concept of a distant hypothetical solar system, about the same age as our own.
PIA07097:
A Distant Solar System (Artist's Concept Animation) Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2004-12-09 Spitzer Space Telescope
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Bright, young disks can be imaged directly by visible-light telescopes, such as NASA's Hubble Space Telescope. Older, fainter debris disks can be detected only by infrared telescopes like NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope, which sense the disks' dim heat.
PIA07099:
The Evolution of a Planet-Forming Disk (Artist's Concept Animation) Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2005-02-08 OTS 44 Spitzer Space Telescope
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This artist's concept shows a brown dwarf surrounded by a swirling disc of planet-building dust. NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope spotted such a disc around a surprisingly low-mass brown dwarf, or 'failed star.'
PIA07335:
Birth of an Unusual Planetary System (Artist Concept) Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2005-02-11 Ring Nebula Spitzer Space Telescope
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NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope finds a delicate flower in the Ring Nebula, as shown in this image. The outer shell of this planetary nebula looks surprisingly similar to the delicate petals of a camellia blossom.
PIA07343:
Ring Beholds a Delicate Flower Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2005-03-01 Spitzer Space Telescope
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This artist's concept demonstrates that an invisible galaxy shrouded in dust can become glaringly bright when viewed in infrared light.
PIA07396:
Invisible Galaxies Come to Life! (Artist Concept) Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2005-04-20 HD 69830 Spitzer Space Telescope
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This artist's concept shows what the night sky might look like from a hypothetical alien planet in a star system with an asteroid belt 25 times as massive as the one in our own solar system.
PIA07853:
Alien Asteroid Belt Compared to our Own (Artist Concept) Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2005-04-20 HD 69830 Spitzer Space Telescope
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Evidence for this possible belt was discovered by NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope when it spotted warm dust around the star, presumably from asteroids smashing together. This is an artist's concept.
PIA07854:
Band of Rubble (Artist Concept) Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2005-05-30 Carina Nebula Spitzer Space Telescope
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These false-color image taken by NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope shows the 'South Pillar' region of the star-forming region called the Carina Nebula.
PIA03515:
All Pillars Point to Eta Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2005-07-01 Comet Spitzer Space Telescope
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This artist's concept depicts one of the most widely accepted theories pertaining to the origin of comets. This image is courtesy of NASA's Spitzer Science Center at the California Institute of Technology, Pasadena, Calif.
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Genesis of a Comet (Artist's Concept) Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2006-03-16 Spitzer Space Telescope
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This infrared image from NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope shows a galaxy that appears to be sizzling hot, with huge plumes of smoke swirling around it. The galaxy is known as Messier 82 or the 'Cigar galaxy.'
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Smokin' Hot Galaxy (animation) Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2006-04-05 Spitzer Space Telescope
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This artist's concept depicts a type of dead star called a pulsar and the surrounding disk of rubble discovered by NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope. The pulsar, called 4U 0142+61, was once a massive star until about 100,000 years ago.
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Stellar Rubble May be Planetary Building Blocks (Artist Concept) Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2006-06-05 Messier 31 Spitzer Space Telescope
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This image shows the Andromeda galaxy, first as seen in visible light by the National Optical Astronomy Observatory, then as seen in infrared by NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope.
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Fade to Red Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2006-07-24 Spitzer Space Telescope
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This artist's concept demonstrates how a dusty planet-forming disk can slow down a whirling young star, essentially saving the star from spinning itself to death. Evidence for this phenomenon comes from NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope.
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Stars Can't Spin Out of Control (Artist's Animation) Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2006-08-15 Orion Spitzer Space Telescope
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This image from NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope shows the Orion nebula, our closest massive star-making factory, 1,450 light-years from Earth. The nebula is close enough to appear to the naked eye as a fuzzy star in the sword of the constellation.
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The Sword of Orion Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2006-10-12 Spitzer Space Telescope
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This artist's concept shows a blistering world revolving around its nearby 'sun.' NASA's infrared Spitzer Space Telescope observed a planetary system like this one, as the planet's sunlit and dark hemispheres swung alternately into the telescope's view.
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Fire and Ice Planet (Artist Concept) Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2006-10-26 Cassiopeia A Spitzer Space Telescope
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This artist's concept shows the explosion of a massive star, the remains of which are named Cassiopeia A. NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope found evidence that the star exploded with some degree of order.
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Order Amidst Chaos of Star's Explosion (Artist Concept) Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2006-12-18 Spitzer Space Telescope
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This artist's concept illustrates the universe's early years, from its explosive formation to its dark ages to its first stars and mini-galaxies. Scientists using NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope found patches of infrared light splattered across the sky.
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Stars Spring up Out of the Darkness (Artist Concept) Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2007-02-21 Spitzer Space Telescope
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This artist's concept, based on spectral observations from NASA's Hubble Space Telescope and Spitzer Space Telescope, shows a cloudy Jupiter-like planet that orbits very close to its fiery hot star.
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Exotic Atmospheres (Artist Concept) Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2007-03-29 Spitzer Space Telescope
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This artist's image depicts a faraway solar system like our own except for one big difference. Planets and asteroids circle around not one, but two suns. NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope found evidence that such solar systems may be common in the universe.
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Two Suns Raise Family of Planetary Bodies (Artist Animation) Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2007-04-18 Rosette Nebula Spitzer Space Telescope
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NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope surveyed the danger zones around five O-stars in the Rosette nebula. This artist's animation illustrates how this process works.
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Highway to the Danger Zone (Artist Concept) Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2007-04-18 Rosette Nebula Spitzer Space Telescope
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This image from NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope is of the Rosette nebula, a turbulent star-forming region located 5,000 light-years away in the constellation Monoceros.
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Infrared Rose Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2007-05-09 HD 189733b Spitzer Space Telescope
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This image shows the first-ever map of the surface of an exoplanet, or a planet beyond our solar system. Showing temperature variations across the cloudy tops of a gas giant called HD 189733b, the infrared data is taken by NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope.
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First Map of Alien World (animation) Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2007-05-09 HD 189733b Spitzer Space Telescope
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Scientists using NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope were able to create the first-ever map of the surface of a planet beyond our solar system. The planet, a hot and cloudy gas giant is called HD 189733b.
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How to Map a Very Faraway Planet (animation) Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2007-05-09 HD 149026b Spitzer Space Telescope
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This artist's concept illustrates the hottest planet yet observed in the universe. The scorching ball of gas, a 'hot Jupiter' called HD 149026b, is about 3 times hotter than the rocky surface of Venus, the hottest planet in our solar system.
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Blacker than Black (Artist's Concept) Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2007-11-29 L1157 Spitzer Space Telescope
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A rare, infrared view of a developing star and its flaring jets taken by NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope shows us what our own solar system might have looked like billions of years ago.
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Baby Picture of our Solar System Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2008-05-29 Spitzer Space Telescope
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This image illustrates how a light echo works, and how an optical illusion of material moving outward is created.
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Dissecting a Light Echo Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2008-05-29 Cassiopeia A Spitzer Space Telescope
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A seething cauldron of light appears to bubble and ooze around the remains of a giant star that astronomers have been watching tear itself apart for the last 300 years. Different observations taken over three years by NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope.
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Cauldron of Light Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2008-07-15 Spitzer Space Telescope
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This image from NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope shows he 'Peony nebula' star, a blazing ball of gas shines with the equivalent light of 3.2 million suns.
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'Peony Nebula' Star Settles for Silver Medal Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2009-01-28 Spitzer Space Telescope
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This image from NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope shows a computer simulation of the planet HD 80606b from an observer located at a point in space lying between the Earth and the HD 80606 system.
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Tour of Planet with Extreme Temperature Swings Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2009-05-13 Spitzer Space Telescope
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This artist's concept illustrates how silicate crystals like those found in comets can be created by an outburst from a growing star. The image shows a young sun-like star encircled by its planet-forming disk of gas and dust. Animation available.
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Silicate Crystal Formation in the Disk of an Erupting Star (Artist Concept) Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2009-08-10 HD 172555 Spitzer Space Telescope
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This artist's concept shows a celestial body about the size of our moon slamming at great speed into a body the size of Mercury. NASA's Spitzer found evidence that a high-speed collision of this sort occurred a few thousand years ago around a young star.
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Planetary Demolition Derby (Artist Concept) Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2010-07-22 Spitzer Space Telescope
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This image illustrates that buckyballs -- discovered in space by NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope -- closely resemble old fashioned, black-and-white soccer balls, only on much smaller scales.
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Mini Soccer Balls in Space Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2010-07-22 Spitzer Space Telescope
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This artist's image illustrates vibrating buckyballs -- spherical molecules of carbon discovered in space for the first time by NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope.
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Add Image to Favorite List 2010-10-19 Spitzer Space Telescope
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This frame from an animation based on NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope data illustrates an unexpected warm spot on the surface of a gaseous exoplanet.The bright orange patches are the hottest part of the planet.
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Weird Warm Spot on Exoplanet Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2012-05-08 Spitzer Space Telescope
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This artist's concept shows how NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope was able to detect a super Earth's direct light for the first time using its sensitive heat-seeking infrared vision.
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First-of-Its-Kind Glimpse at a Super Earth (Artist Animation)
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Add Image to Favorite List 2012-05-08 Spitzer Space Telescope
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This artist's concept depicts 55 Cancri e as it orbits its star. NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope has, for the first time, captured the light emanating from a distant super Earth, a planet more massive than Earth but lighter than Neptune.
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Super Earth Reveals Itself to Spitzer (Artist Animation) Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2012-07-18 Spitzer Space Telescope
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Astronomers using NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope have detected what they believe is an alien world just two-thirds the size of Earth -- one of the smallest on record.
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Exoplanet is Extremely Hot and Incredibly Close (Artist's Concept) Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2015-06-11 Spitzer Space Telescope
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Planets having atmospheres rich in helium may be common in our galaxy, according to a new theory based on data from NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope. This artist's concept depicts a proposed helium-atmosphere planet called GJ 436b.
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Helium-Shrouded Planets (Artist's Concept) Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2015-07-30 Spitzer Space Telescope
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This artist's conception shows the silhouette of a rocky planet, dubbed HD 219134b, as it passes in front of its star. At 21 light-years away, the planet is the closest outside of our solar system that can be seen crossing, or transiting, its star.
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Little Black Spot on the Star Today (Artist's Concept) Animation Icon
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